From 2009 through 2014, photographer Poulomi Basu followed India’s first female soldiers deployed at the India-Pakistan border in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir. “Stationed on a critical border, they try to come to terms with their new responsibilities while patrolling barren lands,” Basu wrote in a February 2011 article for Guernica magazine. “This transformation is intense; it is impossible to recreate or restore what they’ve left behind.”
Basu’s project, “To Conquer Her Land,” tells the stories of these women through photographs and diary excerpts. She hopes to publish a book of the work, but in the meantime, images from the series are currently on display at the Half King in New York City. For more, please visit the website of the Half King Photography Series.